Sunday 19 November 2017

Do you know where you are going to?

Vlad Marinescu, president of Rsportz, speaking at the 2017 edition of GEES on the development of esports.
While many gamers tend to think that esports, as being a new sporting code, needs to have new structures and that the structures of existing sporting codes do not apply to esports, few gamers are aware that the development of esports is practically mirroring the development of all other sporting codes.

The only real difference is that with esports, like the titles therein, it is all happening at a much faster rate.

In many of the established sports, out of the development of 'professional' teams, there was a slow and steady movement to institute controlling bodies in order to establish generally accepted rules and regulations. It was through such rues and regulations  that the sports became better governed and were able to attract larger sponsorships.

One only has to look at the development of American Football. 

American football had short-lived professional leagues around the turn of the twentieth century. 

The leagues in the 1920's were underfinanced, and the teams often went out of business.

It was only after World war II that professional teams gained considerable popularity. 

With such popularity, American football then had to deal with such problems as franchise relocations, nationwide expansion, conflicts with interlopers, limiting player salaries, and racial integration. 

This is where esports finds itself, both here and abroad, at the cusp of developing into one of the  world's greatest sports.

Thus everybody involved in esports at the current moment  of time is a pioneer in esports and are responsible for helping  build a structure that will carry esports, as a fully accredited sport, into the future.

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA), being South Africa's largest member based esports organisation, is at the spearhead of such development and welcomes participation from all members.

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